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Protect Your Property From Mosquitoes

If mosquitoes are turning your dream of pleasant outdoor time into an itchy and potentially dangerous nightmare, fight back with My Mosquito Deleter. This simple, environmentally sound water treatment for mosquitoes can make your lawn and garden safe for the whole family.

Anyone who has ever had to contend with these tiny stinging insects knows what an annoyance they are, but what you may not know is that mosquitoes can spread so many diseases that they’re are actually among the most dangerous creatures on the planet. According to the US Centers For Disease Control, mosquitoes are responsible for more than a million deaths each year through the transmission of diseases including malaria, West Nile Virus, yellow fever, and most recently Zika Virus.

My Mosquito Deleter is uniquely effective because it was designed to take advantage of mosquito breeding practices. Though it’s widely believed that mosquitoes breed in tall grass or dense bushes, this is incorrect. Mosquitoes actually need stagnant water in which to lay their eggs, and the eggs must remain in the standing water for about a week to complete their development cycle, going through larvae and pupae stages before emerging as adults.

Even if there are no ponds or other bodies of water near your property, your outdoor areas could be at risk of infestation. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of standing water to facilitate breeding and can lay eggs in puddles, ditches, birdbaths, clogged rain gutters, and even the standing water that accumulates in potted plants, pet bowls, and toys.

The first step in eliminating mosquitoes is to remove all sources of standing water around your home and property. Then by using the My Mosquito Deleter mosquito larvae trap kit, which includes four traps that replicate mosquitoes’ natural breeding areas, you can protect an area up to an acre.

Assembly of the traps is quick and easy, and after filling them with water and adding two of the special mosquito water tablets to each one, they’re ready to go to work. Simply place the traps in shaded areas at least 150 feet apart. After two weeks, check the water level and add more if necessary; after a month, add a fresh mosquito water tablet.

The My Mosquito Deleter system is a safe, low-maintenance, environmentally friendly, and affordable way to take back your outdoor spaces and eliminate the threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

Non-Pumpkin Jack O’ Lanterns


If you’re an expat like me who is transplanted in the Middle East, then there are other holiday occasions that you just can’t celebrate the same way you do back home.  It’s only lately when the Philippines caught up on the Halloween fever but other countries are already celebrating this spooky event with much gusto for the longest time!

So, living in other parts of the world where Halloween is not as famous as it should be, and when pumpkin is not a staple, you have to be innovative if you want to decorate your home without the usual pumpkin Jack O’ Lanterns.

Here are some ways to still have that Jack O’ Lantern decor in your home without using a pumpkin. You’ll be surprised to know that many fruits/vegetables and other materials can pass as your cute or spooky Jack O’ Lantern.

Papier Mache


Vegetables like turnips, gourd and bell pepper






Old, big jars


Paper lanterns


Crafty stuff like styrofoam round mold with floral decors


Old books


Terra cotta pot


Halloween Pumpkin Decorations - variety of clay terra cotta pottery Jack O'Lantern faces and heads in autumn

Halloween Pumpkin Decorations – variety of clay terra cotta pottery Jack O’Lantern faces and heads in autumn



Pumpkin plastic pails


Plywood or old crates


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Beautiful Fall Mantle Decoration

The cool breeze in the morning is ushering the coming of autumn. And all the more I am getting very excited to have our dream home constructed. Looking at beautiful pictures of houses with fireplace mantles to accommodate the decorations you can put for every season is just inviting. I found these pictures in the internet and I am saving them for inspiration. These pictures will give me the design ideas I need for my faux fireplace’s mantle.

They are all pretty and I think they will look great in our dream home.

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3 Tips to Make Your Home More Child Safe Today

Whether you are expecting a baby or just a young house guest, it is very important that you make sure your home is safe for any child that is in it. Everyone knows that they should pick up and very securely put away dangerous items like knives, poisonous chemicals, and all potentially deadly weapons. Hopefully, everyone also knows how dangerous swimming pools are and how to secure them. However, there are some other unexpected risks that also lurk in your home. Here are three more suggestions to help make your home a safe and happy place for children.

First, check out your stairs, both inside and outdoors, and make sure they are not hazardous for little feet. Even a tiny step leading from one room to another can cause a dangerous fall. Most stairs are designed to accommodate an adult’s feet and step range, making it easy for kids to trip on them. Also check to make sure your stairs have railings that are easy to use and stable. These can prevent a small slip from becoming a dangerous, even deadly, fall down the stairs.

Next, consider installing an ingenious finger guard on your heaviest doors to prevent children from getting their fingers smashed every time they close the door. This is a very common problem and has sent many babies and kids to the emergency room with broken finger tips. You can save them the anguish by purchasing guards from fingerguardusa.com, which is the most trusted manufacturer of this item. If you can prevent this common, very painful accident, you definitely should.

Finally, make sure you also have access to all the emergency materials that you might need in case of an accident. That means have a working fire extinguisher in every room where a fire might break out, such as the kitchen and laundry room. It also means checking your smoke detectors to make sure their batteries are working. Make sure you have the phone number for poison control on hand, and consider taking CPR and First Aid courses so you can be prepared in any potential emergency.

Making sure the children in your home are safe should be your first priority. Look at your house through the eyes of a child and you will find all sorts of hidden dangers. Fix them to ensure your children’s safety.

Tiny Homes And Cottages To Own By The Lake

There is a rise in the demand for tiny homes these days. Many homeowners are ditching the posh and huge properties they own in exchange of smaller and manageable homes to downsize and simplify their lifestyle. Money, space, manageability, and less maintenance are common reasons sited for choosing tiny homes over huge ones.

A home is considered tiny when it meets certain criteria like:

100 – 400 sq. metres
Simple and more efficient
Either mobile or stationary
Has a good environmental impact due to low maintenance and green practices

There are plenty of communities supporting the move to a tiny home.  More and more communities are sprouting in rural/suburban areas to provide homeowners a feel of living the “tiny home movement.” And if you are keen to relocate to a smaller home near nature like hills and lakes, then owning a property in any lakefront villages will be a sure step.

Here are some places you may consider if you want to move to a tiny home and these are just some of the villages near the lakes or lakefront properties.

Coral Sands Point Recreational Village, North Carolina


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Coral Sands Point Recreational Village is a gated community for model tiny homes near Lexington, NC. This park village is a good way to own a lakefront property for the ordinary Joe. Each property has a private pier.


Mt. Hood Tiny House Village, Oregon

If you want to live on a tiny home that you can maintain easily with less the expenses and if you prefer to live in a village surrounded by nature, then Mt. Hood Tiny House Village in Oregon is a an option to consider.

There are 5 types of model tiny homes you can choose from if you want to consider moving here.



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(Photos credit: mthoodtinyhouse.com)


Wildwood Lakefront Cottages, Washington

This beautiful community is surrounded by pristine Lake Whatcom and the green foliage that will be very scenic during the changing of seasons.  Wildwood Lakefront is located at Bellingham, Washington, just 60 minutes to Vancouver, Canada.


(Photo credit: http://www.wildwoodlakefrontcottages.com/)


I would like to try living in a tiny home or cottage someday and feel the nature closer to me. This will be an inviting retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

What’s your take on living in a tiny home or cottage? Please share your insights in the comment.



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